Google Wave is one of the most ambitious product launches of 2009.
It’s also the one most likely to make you say, “I don’t get it.”
Wave’s hyped elevator pitch is that it reinvents email for the modern
web, but that’s an oversimplification. Wave combines document
collaboration and instant messaging into a single workspace, whose
live moving cursors and non-linear nature can melt brains. Wave is a
hit with programmers, but what about regular people? This talk will
peel away Google Wave’s hype, explain the bold paradigm shift Wave
requires its users to make, and breaks down when and why Wave does
(and doesn’t) make sense.
Gina Trapani is a tech blogger and web developer based in San Diego,
California by way of Brooklyn, New York. The founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a weblog on software and personal productivity, Trapani authored a book based on the web site which is
in its second edition: Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to
Working Smarter, Faster, Better. Currently she is a columnist at
Harvard Business Online and co-hosts This Week in Google on the TWiT
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